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Mental Health Act training
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) took responsibility for all AMP training with effect from 12 September 2017.
Therefore, the Scottish Government's direct responsibility for the provision and commission of AMP training materials ceased from that date.
NES has been working to set up a Training Faculty to deliver the required training and this work is now complete.
The Training Faculty will make sure that training materials are current and able to be adapted quickly to include changes to legislation and practice.
NES will also be responsible for quality assurance of the training provided. The training process and eligibility criteria remain the same.
Eligibility criteria for S22 Approval and how to become Section 22 Certified
To be eligible for S22 approval you must be a registered medical practitioner who is either:
- A member or fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, or
- Have four years of continuous experience in the speciality of psychiatry and are sponsored by your local medical director
To complete your training under the Mental Health Act 2003 follow these instructions:
Step 1 – Part 1 (Self-assessment)
The first step is to register on TURAS Learn. You can then access the AMP Part One online training module via TURAS Learn. The module will take you through materials and then ask you to complete the assessment. You must get 100% on the assessment but you may have as many attempts as needed.
Once you have successfully completed Part one, you can download your certificate from TURAS Learn.
Step 2 – Part 2 (Training Day)
In order to be Section 22 certified you must attend a one-day MHA Training Day. NES have confirmed the following dates for Part 2 training:
- Thursday 4 April 2019 - 09.00-17.00 - Glasgow (2CQ) - Pre-CCT
- Tuesday 28 May 2019 - 09.00-17.00 - Glasgow (2CQ) - Consultants & Pre-CCT
Please note that joining instructions are on the Scotland Deanery webpage.
Delegates must book through NES's portal to be able to register for the above courses.
For any enquiries about AMP training please email AMPTraining@nes.scot.nhs.uk.
Alternatively, email Susan Richardson for any general enquiries.
Step 3 – Contact your local Medical Manager and register with your local Health Board
Completion of training does not mean you are automatically approved under the Act, as the College is not responsible for approval this is a Health Board responsibility.
You still need to show your two certificates to your local Medical Manager and ensure that they have registered you with the local Health Board.
Once you are registered, your approval is transferable throughout Scotland (i.e. if you register with one Board and then move to a different area your approval moves with you). Please see below for details about Update (previously referred to as refresher) training.
Mental Health Act Training - update training
Update Training for Approved Medical Practitioners
Currently, there is no legal requirement for AMPs to undertake Update training.
However, Update training (previously refresher training) will be made mandatory with effect from 31 December 2019 when a new Direction will come into force.
The long lead-in time will allow AMPs who have completed their Initial Training five or more years ago an opportunity to undertake Update Training before it becomes mandatory for them to do so.
There are a number of training day dates available, which can be found here.
Please visit the Scotland Deanery AMP section for more information.
If you have any further questions with regards to any of the above then please email FDA Admin at NES or telephone 01382 496638.
The Forum has been organised to share information and discuss any particular problems or difficulties on relevant legal and procedural matters in connection with the Tribunal.
Any RMO who wishes to join the forum should contact RCPsych in Scotland office on 0131 220 2910.
To see notes following Forum meetings, please visit the MHTS website.
How to become DMP/Second Opinion Doctor in Scotland for the MWC
For more information, please visit the MHTS website.
MWC Guidance Publication 'Right to Treat'
The MWC has published guidance on situations where adults without capacity actively resist or refuse treatment for physical illness.
It had been found that many health and social care staff were unsure of what to do for people in these situations and that people suffered because they did not get the necessary treatment.
There were also cases where people had treatment imposed on them that may not have been necessary.
It is hoped this guidance will be helpful in deciding on appropriate and humane treatment for people who lack capacity and refuse to be treated.
The guidance will not cover every situation but the general pointers should be helpful. MWC are always willing to give advice on specific situations.
Mental Welfare Commission report into the use of compulsory community treatment in Scotland
Read the Lives less restricted report.
Restricted patient Standing Tribunal process
The new restricted patient Standing Tribunal process came into effect on 8 August 2012.